Tanzania Safari

Tour Intro


We have planned this safari during this period for a special reason — the Serengeti migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. Our trip is timed to coincide with the annual migration of thousands of animals through the central & southern corridor, and with luck we will witness the herds as they travel across the region to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. This safari gives you an in-depth view of the natural history of East Africa, with a special emphasis on wildlife and birdlife photography.

Tanzania boasts one of Africa’s highest counts of bird species, with over 1100 recorded. Nearly eighty percent of those birds breed in country and approximately six billion birds migrate through each year. This safari will encompass the prolific birdlife of Arusha, and Tarangire National Parks, the wildlife of the Serengeti, as well as a private interactive visit with the Maasai.

This is Africa as you’ve always imagined it to be: the magic of a Serengeti sunset, the teeming wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater. A safari to Tanzania is a special adventure into the premier game-viewing country of Africa. Tanzania’s great game parks and reserves are unsurpassed anywhere in the world. We’ll see all of the major plains animals, zebras, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and other herbivores. There will be baboons and monkeys, herds of elephant and buffalo, and some of the most wonderful bird life you will ever see.

Special Features of This Safari
• Game Drives for Photographers and Naturalists
• Early mornings and late afternoons, for the best wildlife photography and light. Long days in the field. Excellent driver-guides who are sensitive to the needs of photo groups.
• A maximum of only five participants per seven passenger stretch vehicle — a real luxury, but essential for photographers. We have instituted this policy to help lower our carbon footprint and for the past five years our participants have been in full support. (The safari vehicles we use are roomy 7 passenger “stretch” 4WD Land Rovers and Land Cruisers, chosen for their ruggedness and reliability.
• Photographic expertise and leadership of Kathy Adams Clark and Naturalist Gary Clark.
• Extensive readings and travel information will be supplied when you enroll.
 

Tour Highlights

• Intensive game viewing at Serengeti National Park.
• Only 5 participants per vehicle (7 passenger stretch Land Cruisers) and limited to 12 participants, to ensure the optimum photographic experience.
• Time to absorb and photograph the wonder of it all. Most safari operator’s rush from place to place, we take our time, watching and waiting for wildlife or just the right light.
Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Tarangire National Parks.

Tour Itinerary

May 19-20: USA – Amsterdam – Arusha

Board the KLM flight to Amsterdam, landing May 20. You will have a short layover before continuing to Arusha. On arrival, you will be met at the airport, your Tanzania Visa will be processed, and the group will then be taken to the hotel. LAKE DULUTI LODGE (dinner)

May 21: Arusha

This morning and through lunch is time for everyone to get over jet lag, enjoy the grounds of the hotel, and rest up at your lodge. After lunch enjoy your first game drive in Arusha National Park. The park is small, but a natural treasure, with views of Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro, a variety of habitats and some unique birding opportunities. The park has a diverse topography that can catch your eyes and heart. Both migratory and resident water birds settle on the lakes, waterbuck and reedbuck are found near water, bushbuck and duikers are easily glimpsed between ancient cedar trees. Black-and-white colobus monkeys and Sykes monkey climb through the trees. Within this wide range of habitats almost 400 species of birds have been recorded in this lush mountain forest. Other species in evidence are the large concentration of giraffe, elephants, hippos, leopards, hyena, zebra, and a wide range of antelope. LAKE DULUTI LODGE (all meals)

May 22-23: Tarangire National Park

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Lion, Tanzania

Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, with game drives along the way. The next day we will have a full day of game driving and bird sighting in Tarangire National Park. The park remains excellent for elephants, giraffe, and birds. Bird watching is amazing all year round. Three thousand migratory elephants join the existing resident herds, attracted initially by the tall grasses growing after the short rain season. The park is one of the most scenic in Tanzania with huge baobab trees. Besides various species of ostrich, stork, and birds of prey, there are also various species of kingfishers, bee eaters, rollers, hoopoes, hornbills, cuckoos, woodpeckers, shrikes, weavers, flycatchers, and sunbirds. TARANGIRE SOPA LODGE. (all meals)

May 24-25: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast we will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most famous wildlife viewing areas in the world. We will drive directly to the Crater Sopa Lodge, check in and have lunch. The lodge constructed of local materials and hidden within the forests of the rim of the crater. It offers a stunning view of the crater, with close proximity to the access road for the descent. We will then descend to the crater floor enjoying the rest of the day there. Flamingos inhabit an alkaline lake in the center of the crater and other bird life is abundant as well. The lake edge attracts an array of birds including kori bustard, yellow-billed stork, ostrich, and sacred ibis to name just a few.

The next day we will spend the entire day exploring the crater, leaving early in the morning, well before most tour vehicles depart. We will descend from the rim, at about 7,600 feet in elevation, to the floor of the crater some 2,000 feet below. This 102-square-mile crater is the largest unflooded, unbroken caldera in the world. Within its perimeter are thousands of wildebeest, black rhino, cheetah, gazelle, giraffe, and a high density of lions, hyenas, and other predators. (Recommended reading: The Innocent Killers by Jane and Hugo Van Lawick-Goodall).

We’ll have a picnic lunch to maximize our time in the field and returning as late as possible in order to get the last golden rays of light. NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE. (all meals)

May 26: Ngorongoro Conservation Area- Southern Serengeti
Bird - Tanzania

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Tanzania

Leave the Sopa Lodge after an early breakfast and drive to the Serengeti stopping along the way to visit a Maasai village. We will spend the day exploring the southern Serengeti Plains on both sides of the NCA/Serengeti border. Lake Masek Tented Lodge is centrally located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti eco-system but we are able to game drive in both areas. There are fewer off-road restrictions in the NCA land so we will surely take advantage of that as much as possible. Cats remain in the territory and this is a good area especially for cheetah. Bird life around Lake Masek, Lake Ndutu and the Ndutu woodlands and marshes should have a high yield. LAKE MASEK TENTED CAMP (all meals)

May 27-29: Central Serengeti

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Wildebeest, Tanzania

After an early breakfast, we will drive to through the Gol Kopjes to Sametu Camp in the central Serengeti. At this time of year, the herd usually begins to prepare for the wildebeest rut of May and June. These are some of the most amazing herd sightings as the male and female herds come together for breeding but form massive numbers of harems as the males attempt to collect their breeding group but other males constantly challenge them for breeding rights. As you drive through the savannah there are many new bird species to look for. Our focus for these three days will be on savannah bird species, the large wildebeest herds and the big cats.

The Serengeti is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. Although there are no guarantees in the natural world, with any luck we will be able to see huge herds of wildebeest and other plains animals grazing on the savannah. The herds follow the rains and feed on the new grass so what we will actually see depends upon the weather pattern. If past years are any indication, we have positioned ourselves to be in the right location at the right time. SAMETU CAMP (all meals)
 

May 30-31: Crater Highlands

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Olive Baboon, Tanzania

Enjoy a leisurely drive out of the Serengeti and through the Crater Highlands to The Retreat at Ngorongoro along the Forest Reserve. This property is dedicated to the celebration of birds. The gardens are designed with plants and trees specifically to attract a large variety of species and a small lake in the center of the property also attracts waterfowl. Arrive in the late afternoon with time to enjoy the forest setting and opportunities to bird on the property. The next day the group has the option to game drive to nearby Lake Manyara National Park or to remain at The Retreat. THE RETREAT (all meals)

June 1: Arusha – Amsterdam


Enjoy your last morning at The Retreat. After having lunch at the lodge, return to Arusha for shopping at the African Gallery. Continue directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport to check in for your KLM return flight. (breakfast, lunch)

June 2: Amsterdam - USA

We arrive in Amsterdam this morning and have a short layover before connecting with the KLM flight back to the USA. (meals on plane)

Photo Leader

Kathy Adams Clark
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Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy Adams Clark is a professional nature photographer and owner of a stock agency representing thirteen photographers. Her work has been published in a variety of national and regional publications including National Geographic Books, The New York Times, and Sierra. Kathy teaches over fifty photography workshops and classes each year. Her work may be viewed weekly in the Houston Chronicle's “Wonders of Nature” column, written by her husband, Gary.

Kathy enjoys traveling with people new to photography as well as with folks with advanced skills. She has an ability to explain complicated photographic terms in easy-to-understand language. She likes to teach those hungry for new information but also understands that photography can be a solitary task. Each person traveling with Kathy is treated as an individual, but the group always has fun.

Kathy is an accomplished naturalist as well as a photographer, skilled in 35mm film and digital cameras. She is very passionate about nature, birdlife, and wildlife. Gary Clark who is an acclaimed naturalist guide in his own right will co-lead some trips each year with her.

A lifelong naturalist, Gary Clark has studied birds, mammals, and butterflies in North, Central, and South America and in East Africa.  He is an award winning professional writer whose column “Nature” appears weekly in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News.  He has authored feature articles in state and national magazines and has written six books that include photographs from his wife, Kathy.  He frequently conducts birding workshops and leads birding tours.  He is founder of the Piney Woods Wildlife Society of Texas, former president of the Houston Audubon Society, and former vice-president of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.  Gary is a full professor at Lone Star College.

Because of both Kathy & Gary's love of nature, and the work they do, Strabo Tours is proud to make a donation to the Houston Audubon Society for each trip they take part in.

This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I was challenging myself to learn all sorts of new things, photography, a new culture, and was immersed in it. It surpassed my expectations and I met so many beautiful souls along the way. Kathy was fantastic, I give her a 10++!!!

D. Whitney

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 9 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 6-8 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Testimonials

Lots of very helpful one-on-one attention and advice. Very knowledgeable on birds as well as photography. And very pleasant to travel with. Logistics of tour were smoothly handled. Kathy was a 10!!

D. Brewer

Kathy is always good, but she went the extra mile. She assisted me in getting the best hummingbird photo’s I have ever taken. I particularly appreciated all the time and effort Kathy spent in setting up lights and backgrounds to enable us to get wonderful hummingbird shots. Results were fantastic. Great trip!!!

J. Braud

Everywhere we went was a highlight. Every place had something special. Kathy was a 10+, she was always there to give photo suggestions, help with equipment and locating things to photograph. She is an excellent teacher!

B & R Nelson

Additional Notes

Your Tour Leaders

Kathy Adams Clark is a professional nature photographer and owner of a stock agency representing fifteen photographers. Her work has been published in a variety of national and regional publications including National Geographic Books, The New York Times, and Sierra. Kathy teaches over fifty photography workshops and classes each year. Her work is seen each week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News, written by her husband, Gary Clark.

A lifelong naturalist, Gary Clark has studied birds, mammals, and butterflies in North, Central, and South America and in East Africa. He is an award winning professional writer whose column “Nature” appears weekly in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News. He has authored feature articles in state and national magazines and has written six books that include photographs from his wife, Kathy. He frequently conducts birding workshops and leads birding tours. He is founder of the Piney Woods Wildlife Society of Texas, former president of the Houston Audubon Society, and former vice-president of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. Gary is a full professor at Lone Star College.

Kathy enjoys traveling with people new to photography as well as with folks with advanced skills. She has an ability to explain complicated photographic terms in an easily understood language. She likes to teach those hungry for new information, but also understands that photography can be a solitary task. Each person traveling with Kathy is treated as an individual, but the group always has fun. She is skilled in all makes of digital cameras.     www.kathyadamsclark.com

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.

Airfare

Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

The land cost includes:
  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

Subject to Change

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Release

Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.

Accommodations

The Ngorongoro and Serengeti accommodations will be modern, deluxe lodges that are in harmony with their environment and are constructed of local materials. You will also stay in a luxury tented camps, immersing you in the sights and sounds of Africa. 

Food & Drink

Food at all locations is well prepared and delicious.

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